In case you missed it, we just revealed the top ten pairs of the inaugural Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome. Congratulations again to our top contestants! Also: Pre-registration for Thunderdome Two is now available. Time to pick out your next pair! Could you find it below? Perhaps! Read on to check out the latest from Viberg, John Lofgren, Alden, and more!
Our other release roundups can be found here.
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The Viberg Service Boot of the week is the sprung-as-hell 310 variant in Horween’s Oak Chromepak leather. These boots are made with a stitchdown construction and Dainite studded soles.
That’s right, sneaks are back at Viberg for SS22. The Viberg sneaker is styled after 1980s trainers, but built to a similar quality as Viberg’s boots, thanks to their proprietary Modified Channeled Insole Goodyear construction. Once again, these sneakers are made on the 1003 last, and feature Vibram’s chunky Sphike soles, in this excellent C.F. Stead Janus calf suede in Light Tobacco…
…as well as Horween Natural Chromexcel, which looks great!
For those who are looking for sneakers with a lower-profile sole, there’s also a few Viberg models on Vibram’s Fuga sole. Three different options here, in some more of this season’s featured C.F. Stead leathers: Mole Janus Calf Suede…
…spicy Clove Eco Veg…
…and earthy Rock Eco Veg.
Hoooo boy. The John Lofgren custom made-to-order event at Standard & Strange is about to expire, and just when you were likely feeling pretty satisfied with the MTO you had purchased or had your eye on, John Lofgren went and dropped a metric TON of heat for pre-order at S&S. There’s a few core makeups available that you’ve likely seen before, but a whole lotta new, exciting stuff.
Let’s start by taking a look at the boots that will likely garner the most buzz: Donkey Punchers in…bear hide?! Yes, it’s true! The leather on this lace-to-toe boot has been ethically sourced from Ezo bears in Hokkaido, Japan that have died from natural causes. Exceedingly unique stuff, and you’re not likely to see much of it ever, so consider taking the plunge if you’ve got the funds.
Apparently this is the first time we’re seeing the Combat Boot in this classic Horween leather. The Combat Boot is built on Lofgren’s 120 last, and features a brogued cap toe, 360 storm welt, and Vibram V-bar soles.
A John Lofgren classic, the Engineer is built to a 12 inch height on the 110 last, and for this limited-edition offering you can get a pair in two-tone horsebutt from Japan’s Shinki Hikaku. It features a 270 flat welt and Vibram 705 half soles.
The M-43 also gets the limited-edition treatment with some black Shinki horsebutt. This Munson-lasted boot includes a 360 storm welt and Vibram 705 half soles.
There’s a couple of brand-new Lofgren patterns to check out as well! First, the Duke. These 12 inch roper boots are made in a brownish-red shade of Shinki Horsebutt on the 170 last, and include a 270 storm welt and Vibram 269 Western soles.
The new Ludlow Boot is similar to the Combat Boot, and is also built on the 120 last, but leaves behind the brogue cap toe for a sleeker look. It features a 270 flat welt and Vibram 430 soles, and comes in Black Shinki Horsebutt…
…as well as Timber.
Coming to ya in tan suede on the Barrie last, these cap toe boots get their moniker from the double rows of stitching on the toe cap as well as the heel. This boot features a 360 pre-stitched reverse welt and single oiled leather soles.
This exclusive Wickett & Craig leather takes an extra trip in the tannery’s stuffing drums to become even more impregnated with waxes, oils, and tallows. Read more about these limited-edition boots here.
These dark beauties came made on the Plaza last, with a 360 flat welt and single Waterloc soles rounding things out.
Also in stock at Brick + Mortar this week, some Dover derbies built on the Barrie last in creamy coffee nubuck. These feature a 360 pre-stitched reverse welt with red microcell soles.